Happy Holidays to all of our friends in the Food, Beverage, Bio and Ag Sectors and those who directly support these wonderful companies through their products and services, as well as our Community Partners and EMC Providers!
EMC GF2 Food Sector Networking 2015 Event discussion encompassed elements, best practices, subject matter experts, community partners and plant tours that looked at such things as:
* Business growth (including presentations from Matt & Steve’s, Mississauga Economic Development, EDC (Export Development Corporation), Colliers International, Coldbox Builders, CPG Executive)
* Assessing Employee Performance (Chapman’s Ice Cream)
* Change Management (Food for Tots)
* Creating Engaged Energy and Sustainability Management Cultures (Beau’s Brewery/Bonduelle North America)
* Sustaining and Maintaining Legislative and Certification Compliances and Requirements (Miller Thomson LLP)
*Building Robust Food Safety and Traceability Practices (Sleeman Breweries)
*New Product and Market Development Workshops (COEF/OMAFRA)
Very special thanks to all of our Hosts this year – IFPT (Institute of Food Processing Technology) - Cambridge; Kerry Canada – Woodstock; Sleeman Breweries – Guelph; HFS – Healthcare Food Services – Ottawa; City of Mississauga – Economic Development; Bonduelle North America – Strathroy and Tecumseh; Food for Tots – Markham; and Chapman’s Ice Cream – Markdale! Every one of you made us feel SO welcome! I would also really like to thank Beau’s All Natural Brewery and Matt & Steve’s, for sharing their stories at their Regional Events. That was very much appreciated!
This year has also offered wonderful occassions to connect through participation, exhibits and attendance with those in the Food and Beverage Sector across the Province at several very interesting Summits and Conferences including: EDCO (Economic Development Councillors of Ontario); 11th Annual North American Food Safety Summit; Provision Coalition’s “Radical Transparency” Industry Forum and AGM; BLOOM’s 2015 Industry Water Innovation Forum; NSF-GFTC’s 2015 State of the Industry Summit; the Annual North America Food Regulatory and Quality Assurance Summit; as well as the Grocery Innovations Show, SIAL and Restaurants Canada Show. These important events help us stay abreast of the latest trends and key challenges and opportunities facing our industry today.
Similar to our GF2 Food Sector Networking Events, we have also thoroughly enjoyed having companies from across the Province participate in our GF2 Productivity Workshops held in Ottawa, Chatham, Hamilton, Brampton, Guelph, and Mississauga this past year! These were definitely very interactive sessions with a considerable amount of information shared regarding introductory lean elements, systems, management, tools, and leadership and culture principals. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm grow and hearing about plans and ideas for implementation of the concepts within their respective companies after each session! We are extremely grateful to our Hosts for providing us with a room for the day for these very important workshops – HFS-Healthcare Food Services and Sobey’s in Ottawa, Greenfield Ethanol in Chatham, TMF Foods in Hamilton, Sons Bakery and Sun Rich Fresh Foods in Brampton, and Sleeman Breweries in Guelph!
So, what can I tell you about 2016? Strap on your helmets and fasten your seat belts – it’s sure to be one excellent ride as we navigate through conferences, forums and summits on Food Safety and applicable legislative issues and requirements. We’ll careen into Niagara Falls in the spring time for what promises to be a fabulous Energy Management Conference bringing Manufacturers and Processors from all sectors across Canada together to look at best practices, learn from subject matter experts, tour local facilities and connect with key industry representatives and service providers. Appreciative of GF2 Funding for our Manufacturers in the Food, Beverage, Bio and Ag industries, we’ll make sure our tires are changed and fuel topped so that we can make the most of our Lean Introductory Workshops that will be offered across the Province once again beginning in Stratford, Belleville, and the GTA, and later in the year in Chatham and Guelph. And, most importantly, we’ll slow down and smell the roses so that we can connect with others in industry that can help us improve our race to market – to ensure that we are working towards flexibility, adaptability and efficiency – through best practice sharing, plant tours and down to earth networking!
Our Schedule is shaping up and our 2016 Hosts are looking forward to welcoming you to their facilities to learn about their companies, and to join in on our peer discussion:
02-Mar-16 – Host: Greenfield Ethanol - Chatham, ON
05-Apr-16 – Host: Descon Conveyors - Newmarket, ON
02-Jun-16 – Topic: Risk Management, Walmart Corporation Canada
Host: Institute of Food Processing Technology, Cambridge, ON
13-Sep-16 - Topic: Energy Management and Sustainability/Cogen Tour
Host: Campbell Company of Canada – Toronto, ON
More events will definitely follow in the upcoming weeks and as they are confirmed, we will endeavour to make sure that they are added to our EMC Food Sector Event Calendar. As always, on behalf of our Hosts and participating Processors we definitely invite you to come join us!
As a year that has provided so much opportunity for growth and great connections slowly winds down, I would like to personally wish you the very merriest of holidays – may they be filled with laughter, with excellent memories, and with hope for a wonderful New Year ahead!
All the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw, Director - EMC Food, Beverage, Bio & Ag Program Canada
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